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Mississippi makes this year's list of most endangered U.S. rivers

Mississippi makes this year's list of most endangered U.S. rivers

WASHINGTON, April 9 (UPI) -- Dams, levees, bad management and increasing demand for water threaten the most endangered U.S. rivers, group says.
Frances Burns

Coin hoard may be largest ever found in U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A Sierra Nevada couple has uncovered about $10 million in gold coins buried in their Gold Country property, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday.

Students warned not to play games with bears

INCLINE, Nev., Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Students at a college on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe are being advised not to feed bears, pet them or "spank" them on the butt.

Statewide drought emergency declared in California

WASHINGTON, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Gov. Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency for all of California Friday, saying the state faced "terrible consequences" from the stubborn winter dry spell.
Debate erupts over plans to harvest burned timber in California

Debate erupts over plans to harvest burned timber in California

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 27 (UPI) -- A proposal to salvage burned timber from a massive fire on 257,000 acres in California, including portions of Yosemite National Park, has ignited a debate.
Historians, environmentalists oppose Calif. solar power plant

Historians, environmentalists oppose Calif. solar power plant

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- A proposed solar power plant in California has come under fire over concerns it will mar historic elements of a World War II internment camp and harm wildlife.
NASA airborne mission helps manage water supplies in California

NASA airborne mission helps manage water supplies in California

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- NASA says an airborne mission helped water managers for 2.6 million Californians achieve near-perfect water operations this summer.
Amazon deforestation could trigger droughts in U.S. West

Amazon deforestation could trigger droughts in U.S. West

PRINCETON, N.J., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Deforestation of the Amazon rainforest could affect climate elsewhere, and total deforestation could lead to droughts in the U.S. West, scientists say.

Largest ice mass in California's Yosemite park melting, disappearing

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif., Oct. 2 (UPI) -- The largest ice mass in Yosemite, a glacier that is the California park's key source of water, is melting fast and could be gone in 20 years, scientists say.
Penn State researcher maps Bigfoot sightings

Penn State researcher maps Bigfoot sightings

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania State University researcher said he mapped all 3,313 reported Bigfoot sightings between 1921 and 2012.

Four species of legless lizards found across California

FULLERTON, Calif., Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A team of biologists reported finding four new species of legless lizards living in areas stretching from Southern California into San Francisco's Bay area.

Super Tucano project on schedule

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Embraer Defense & Security Inc. says it is on schedule to begin delivering A-29 Super Tucano training and combat air support aircraft to the U.S. Air Force.
Rim fire possibly started by marijuana growers, fire official says

Rim fire possibly started by marijuana growers, fire official says

TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif., Sept. 3 (UPI) -- The Rim fire, burning in northern California, was caused by humans and possibly started by an illegal marijuana-growing operation, a fire official said.

Rim fire now California's fourth-largest ever; 45% contained

PINECREST, Calif., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The Rim fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park is now the fourth-largest blaze in California history, exceeding 350 square miles, officials said.
Officials fear slowing Rim fire could flare again

Officials fear slowing Rim fire could flare again

JAMESTOWN, Calif., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- California's Yosemite National Park Rim fire has almost stopped growing but could flare again Friday as temperatures rise and humidity drops, officials said.
Firefighters get handle on Rim fire in California

Firefighters get handle on Rim fire in California

SONORA, Calif., Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Firefighters in California are getting a handle on the enormous Rim fire and expect full containment within two weeks, a fire-protection agency spokesman said.
Rim fire 23 percent contained, USFS sends help

Rim fire 23 percent contained, USFS sends help

FAIRFIELD, Calif., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The Rim fire near Yosemite National Park was 23 percent contained Wednesday and firefighters got help from a layer of moist air in the region, authorities said.
California's Rim fire threatening San Francisco's water supply

California's Rim fire threatening San Francisco's water supply

TUOLUMNE CITY, Calif., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- The Rim fire, which already has consumed nearly 161,000 acres, forced San Francisco utility officials to power down generators as a precaution, officials said.
Rim fire now 20 percent contained, Yosemite Valley not threatened

Rim fire now 20 percent contained, Yosemite Valley not threatened

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif., Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Firefighters in California said Monday the massive Rim fire raging in Stanislaus National Forest was 20 percent contained.

Firefighters report 'good progress' against Rim fire in California

SACRAMENTO, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- The Rim fire spread east and northeast Sunday on the edge of Yosemite National Park but officials said they were "making good progress."

First production AT-6 light attack plane takes to air

WICHITA, Kan., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Beechcraft Corp. reports it has conducted the inaugural flight of its first production AT-6 light attack aircraft.

Spread of prehistoric peoples in California tied to environment

SALT LAKE CITY, Calif., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Environmental factors have helped shape California's diversity of Indian ethnic-and-language groups in the last 12,000 years, researchers say.
Private space shuttle in taxi testing in California

Private space shuttle in taxi testing in California

EDWARDS AFB, Calif., Aug. 14 (UPI) -- A private U.S. space shuttle has successfully undergone ground tests in California designed to assess the spacecraft's braking and landing systems, NASA said.

DynCorp, SNC team for aviation services

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., June 26 (UPI) -- DynCorp International and Sierra Nevada Corp.'s Integrated Mission Systems have teamed to provide aviation services to customers around the world.

SNC demos new radar sensor

SPARKS, Nev., June 25 (UPI) -- A prototype radar sensor use on an unmanned aerial vehicle has been successfully demonstrated for the second time for the U.S. Air Force.
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